The Gist: Quick Look: Camera Obscura

The Game:

A puzzle platformer in which the player is equipped with the ability to take an afterimage of the level, moving obstacles and enemies around.

The Quick Look: Running time: 29:12, starring Vinny Caravella and Alex Navarro.

Vinny introduces the game as "not terrible" before starting up the fifth level of the second batch of levels, 'Crushed Crosswalk', in order to show off how the game works. After that, he jumps to where he's up to in the game, near the beginning of the third batch of levels. There's a discussion of The Commuter's Lament as well as parenting, in which I think Vinny says Max is now 6, which is crazy to me.

They spend the last 10-15 minutes of the video trying to figure out a single puzzle and Alex really reminds me of Ryan as he offers suggestions to Vinny and tries to come up with a suitable solution. They never solve it, but encourage commenters to offer their own ways of completing the puzzle.

Alex says the controls seem floaty to watch while Vinny complains that there's something missing to the feedback of the camera mechanic that puts the gameplay just out of reach of being fun.

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The Gist: Quick Look: Camera Obscura

The Game:
A puzzle platformer where the player is equipped with the ability to take an afterimage of the level, moving obstacles and enemies around.

The Quick Look: Running time: 29:12, starring Vinny Caravella and Alex Navarro.
Vinny introduces the game as "not terrible" before starting up the fifth level of the second batch of levels, 'Crushed Crosswalk', in order to show off how the game works. After that, he jumps to where he's up to in the game, near the beginning of the third batch of levels. There's a discussion of The Commuter's Lament as well as parenting, in which I think Vinny says Max is now 6, which is crazy to me.

They spend the last 10-15 minutes of the video trying to figure out a single puzzle and Alex really reminds me of Ryan as he offers suggestions to Vinny and tries to come up with a suitable solution. They never solve it, but encourage commenters to offer their own ways of completing the puzzle.

Alex says the controls seem floaty to watch while Vinny complains that there's something missing to the feedback of the camera mechanic that puts the gameplay just out of reach of being fun.

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The Gist: Quick Look: Lucius II

The Game:

Hitman but you're a devil child.

The Quick Look: Running time: 50:28, starring Vinny Caravella and Alex Navarro.

Vinny starts a new save, "Not Omen", to show the beginning of the game. He expertly completes the tutorial and when the opening cinematic (which includes a scene where a man gives Satan a blowjob) ends at the 8 minute mark, he's ready to play. His mission is to kill as many people in the mental hospital as possible, using a combination of pillows, Slippery Juice(tm) and MURDER!!!

Vinny shows some of the upgrade tree and tries to expand into pyromancy, which he doesn't have much experience with. This allows him to cremate a corpse to which a nurse is trying to provide first aid. She doesn't care. There's also an extended sequence where Vinny chases a doctor repeatedly from his office to the bathroom next door with a crash cart. Between all the fun, though, there are scenes including brutal violence, multiple gruesome child suicides and a reference to Pewdiepie.

Vinny has played before and knows what to do, which makes progressing as far as he did up to the second level easier, but he still has trouble contending with confused AIs who don't care about money nor donuts and Lucius' irritating insistence on levitating everything he carries.

This Quick Look is just a great opportunity to watch Vinny interact with a janky supernatural-Hitman environment and at the end, he even says he might come back to it at some point.

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The Gist Of It: Quick Looks: Those Super Bowl Ad Games

The Games:

Three iOS games big enough to have commercials play during the Super Bowl; Game of War, Clash of Clans and Heroes Charge.

The Quick Look: Running time: 28:13, starring Drew Scanlon and Jeff Gerstmann.

To begin, Drew shows us and Jeff, who hasn't seem them before, the ads in question. Jeff questions who Kate Upton is and Drew describes her as a "professional pretty lady". Drew says he enjoyed the Liam Neeson commercial.

The first two games are very similar games with the mobile game-standard energy meters and micro-transactions. Drew tries to explain to the best of his ability all of these different systems and currencies while Jeff tries to wrap his head around all the flashing lights vying for his attention. In each of the games, Drew launches an attack on an enemy player before moving on.

The third game, Heroes Charge, is instead more of a tactical real-time game with RPG elements. Drew goes more in depth with his explanations of this game's abilities and levelling system and expresses his appreciation for the game, citing its light strategy. Jeff says he thinks it would make an okay handheld game with the micro-transactions removed.

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The Gist Of It: Quick Look: Dead or Alive 5 Last Round

The Game:

Fame Douglas is... DOATEC was trying to... Look, let's just get to the video.

The Quick Look: Running time: 55:30, starring Jeff Gerstmann and Jason Oestreicher.

The first nine minutes is spent looking at and trying to figure out the vast amount of confusing and contradictory DLC packs. Then, it's on to the fighting! Jeff is player 1 and Jason player 2.

1st Round: Sarah v Tina on The Show

Jeff wins 2 - 1

2nd Round: Alpha-152 v Hitomi on Dead or Alive

Jeff wins 2 - 0

3rd Round: Raidou v Honoka on Fighting Entertainment

Jeff wins 2 - 1

4th Round: Christie v Sarah on Lorelei

Jeff wins 2 - 0

Jeff compares the sweat to the NBA launch game on 360, calling it "gnarly". A notification pops up to tell us that cigs66 has joined a party.

Last Round: Momiji v Marie Rose on a stage that I don't know the name of because Jason chose Random. It's the Show Time one with the tigers.

Jeff wins 2 - 0

Final Results: Jeff - 5, Jason - 0

Jeff jumps online to find a ranked match and there's some discussion of NAT settings and latency. Jeff talks about how this version on PS4 is the only version not busted right now and that the PC version will launch without online play. He gives up looking for a ranked match and goes to find a lobby match instead. This doesn't work out, either, and he is forced to reset the game.

A couple of combo challenges are shown before starting up Arcade mode. Then, it's on to the stupid, ridiculous Story mode which Jeff tries to explain to Jason.

Jason expresses his interest in the game and Jeff recommends getting the $40 pack instead of the $50 pack with the same, or perhaps less, content.

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The Gist Of It: Quick Look: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D

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The Game:Link vs. Majora's Mad Moon

The Quick Look: Running time: 48:51, starring Dan Ryckert and Brad Shoemaker.

Dan mostly does side quests, like saving an old lady from a robbery, allowing him to explode his face, talking to a man masturbating into a box, and becoming the master of dancing twins using a faceless mask given to him by a ghost.

Brad discovers the reason he hates Majora's Mask is because the first time he played it, he was almost done with the first dungeon but wanted to stop playing and could only save by going back to the beginning of the game's three day timeline, so he just put the game in a drawer forever. In the new version, Dan explains, you can save at any owl statue.

Dan describes to Brad the rare nightmare he's had in recent years, in which he leaves his house to see that the planets are all way too big in the sky. It wasn't even that bad, apparently. Brad explains to Dan that it's impossible to use magical thinking to combat nightmares and that he's a meat-computer who can't escape cognition.

There's a discussion about what animals Dan and Brad would like to be. Brad says it would be cool to be a dog if he had a loving home. Dan says he's just happy being a normal human dude.

Dan spends a lot of the latter part of the video getting to a dungeon, but once he enters it, he doesn't get far into it before the video ends. Brad says he'd like to pick this up some time, but is afraid of playing it without the assistance of internet tips and walkthroughs. He also expresses interest in digging out his old cart to see where he got to the first time around.

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The Gist Of It: Unfinished: Offworld Trading Company 02/19/2015

The Game:

RTS Monopoly in space

The Unfinished: Running time: 32:47, Starring Alex Navarro and Vinny Caravella

Alex plays a single-player quick match at the third tier of difficulty against three bots. He explains most of what he's doing, but a lot of it he does without explaining what he's doing or why and there are a few concepts that go unexplained entirely, but he can be excused for not explaining every move fully while playing the game and Vinny does a good job of filling in some of the gaps. It seems like Alex fills out pretty much the whole tech tree, including the coveted Pleasure Dome, for which he fails to secure the Virtual Reality patent. Ultimately, his company is bought out by his eternal rival, Mr. Upgrade, and Alex nets a cool $3,000,000,000 from this transaction.

There's a discussion of Trading Places amidst the economic espionage of the game and Vinny talks about a thing he saw recently where the potentially confusing ending of the movie was explained.

Alex said the game looks neat and Vinny, inspired by the half-hour it takes to place a single game, suggests it's probably a good game to play in the morning with a cup of coffee and a newspaper.

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The Gist Of It: Quick Look: The Hand of Fate

The Game:

A choose-your-own-adventure role-playing game in a collectable card game format with segmented 3D sections.

The Quick Look: Running time: 54:56, starring Vinny Caravella and Alex Navarro.

Having played up to the fifth level, or 'challenge', already, Vinny goes back to the third challenge in order to demonstrate how the game is played. He turns down the chance to arrange his Equipment and Encounter decks for this challenge, letting the computer choose his cards for him, but he does explain how the deck building works.

The game is turn-based in the fashion of a choose-your-own-adventure game, but the battles plays out in real time with direct control. Vinny compares the combat to Batman. There are also trap mazes that play out in the same fashion, forcing the player to roll past spikes, dodge other spikes and maneuver around more spikes.

There's a part where Vinny is offered the chance to buy something for half his food, which Alex said would be more worth it if he had more food, but then he'd be paying more food to get it, so I don't know how the math works out on that. Alex also often gets confused about what food is for, talking about it as if it were something to do with health when it's more akin to energy, even with Vinny's multiple explanations, and claims to see spiders crawling all over the card table. I never saw one spider in the video and Vinny makes no mention of them.

Vinny moves on to the fifth level, which is the furthest he's reached, and encounters more challenging play but has unlocked more cards to play with. He murders thieves, goblins and skeletons alike before escaping a circus freak show and defeating a rat king, but not the gross type of rat king. Alex compliments the game on its marriage of collectable card gameplay and direct action. Vinny says it's neat and he digs it. Groovy!

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The Gist Of It: Quick Look: The Order: 1886

The Game:

A story-heavy steampunk cover-based third-person shooter with lashings of quick time events.

The Quick Look: Running time: 41:04, Starring Jeff Gerstmann and Dan Ryckert.

As Jeff explains, this game is a single player story that you play and then you're done with. As such, all this Quick Look shows is different parts of the story. Jeff starts on a level from Chapter IV before moving onto a later level in Chapter V to avoid showing one of the game's two boss fights, which he described as two very similar quick time events.

There is a lot of discussion about the cinematic letterboxing and pace of the game as Jeff takes walk-and-talk-style strolls through the game world between short firefights and quick time events. A zeppelin shows up, which gives Dan the notion that he wants to be on one at some point, setting it as a life goal. Jeff confirms that he's never been on one as they don't exist anymore. Later, there's a sniper section where the player has to examine people's shoulders by waiting for them to be facing the right way. This turns into another firefight which is made easier by the fact that the sniper rifle is a one-hit kill no matter where you shoot your target.

Jeff expresses his disappointment at the length and pacing of the game, describing the story as potentially interesting up until the anticlimactic ending. He warns that unless you're an idle billionaire, the game is not worth the full price and instead recommends renting or waiting for a dramatic price drop.

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The Gist Of It: Quick Look: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

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The Game:
Kirby's Epic Clay

The Quick Look: Running time: 24:53, Starring: Dan Ryckert and Jeff Gerstmann
The video opens with a bit about 'clay' homophones; Klei, Clay. After that, Dan dives into showing off the gameplay, drawing lines to propel Kirby across the stage. This is the only means of controlling Kirby besides a special dash attack. Because of this, Dan spends the entire time playing looking at the Wii U gamepad. We don't get to see it, but we aren't missing anything because the lines all appear on the TV. Dan complains about how this causes the player to miss all the HDness of the graphics shown on the TV. Around the six minute mark, he says there's pretty much nothing more to show of the game.

He loads up a boss fight and quickly dies, allowing Jeff to help out as Waddle Dee, who "controls like a real damn video game character" with real controls for running and jumping and attacking. Jeff does most of the work beating the boss, allowing Dan to jump in for the final blow. They then move onto a tank level, which is a auto-side-scrolling shooter thing. Waddle Dee still controls like a real damn video game character.

Dan shows off some of the extras like a model gallery, music player and scrapbook with collectable pages, which Jeff calls cute. Finally, they try out a couple of challenge rooms, racing to collect treasure chests.

Dan, a fan of Canvas Curse, describes the game as pretty but boring and instead recommends Kirby: Triple Deluxe for 3DS.

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